AFFIES vs Paarl Gimnasium

A titanic battle in the capital awaits us this weekend as Afrikaans Hoer Seunskool affectionately known as Affies prepare to host Paarl Gimnasium. The upcoming match between two powerhouses of South African schools’ rugby promises to be a spectacle for the ages. This showdown marks the sixth official Interschools meeting between these North and South giants, a rivalry steeped in history and passion.

Before this annual showdown became a fixture in 2017, we could only catch glimpses of these titans facing off sporadically at festivals. Since their inaugural clash in 1967, they’ve competed just 21 times over 57 years. The scoreboard tells a tale of fierce competition: Paarl Gimnasium boasts 12 victories, while Affies have claimed 7 wins, with two nail-biting draws thrown into the mix.

Now, the stage is set for another epic chapter as Paarl Gimnasium journeys to the formidable fortress of Affies in Pretoria. Both teams are hungry for glory, with Paarl Gimnasium aiming to maintain their undefeated streak in 2024. The anticipation is palpable as these rugby giants prepare to collide, with fans on the edge of their seats in anticipation of the thrills and drama that only a historic derby can deliver.

Scores through the years:

Year Affies Paarl Gim
1967 0 11
1972 0 19
1973 3 38
1976 10 3
1979 3 23
1999 19 11
2002 24 20
2005 18 38
2006 17 17
2007 13 8
2008 3 21
2009 16 22
2011 59 6
2012 27 20
2014 7 40
2015 22 22
2017 33 35
2018 21 41
2019 19 46
2022 29 26
2023 21 28

Affies 2024 Season:

Affies have played 5 matches thus far, only losing narrowly to a strong Paul Roos outfit. Affies have shown signs of a potentially promising season ahead. Their last win was a gutsy one against neighbours, Garsfontein.

Date Opp For Against
2024/03/09 Diamantveld 33 10
2024/03/16 Helpmekaar 45 21
2024/03/23 Paul Roos 25 30
2024/03/26 Stellenberg 38 11
2024/04/06 Garsfontein 33 31

Paarl Gim 2024 Season:

Paarl Gim have played 4 matches so far having dispatched of good teams like Hoerskool Monument and Boland Landbou with relative ease along the way. They are still unbeaten and will be a very hard nut to crack in 2024.

Date Opp For Against
2024/03/16 Stellenberg 29 5
2024/03/23 Monument 38 21
2024/03/26 Pretoria Boys High 66 10
2024/04/06 Boland Landbou 47 13

Get ready for a North vs South thriller in the Capital!

Catch all the action live on Saturday the 13th of April from 13:00pm on SuperSport Schools channel 216 (DSTV)




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About The Tournament:

Premier Interschools is a series of 12 rugby & netball matches, which feature the highest profile and most traditional interschool rivalries from South Africa’s top rugby & netball schools, which are broadcast live on SuperSport from April to August.


School sport has served as one of the cornerstones of the South African sporting landscape dating back more than a century, and true to its slogan “Honouring Heritage. Playing for the Future”, Premier Interschools is about history, heritage and tradition. The series, now in its tenth year, is expected to grow even stronger.

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